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Lokayat Shikshan Sansthas Lokmanya Senior College, Latur, Maharashtra


Lokayat Shikshan Sansthas Lokmanya Senior College, Latur, Maharashtra
Maharashtra, India

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NAAC report of Lokayat Shikshan Sansthas Lokmanya Senior College

The Lokayat Shikshan Sansthas Lokmanya Senior college is located in Chakur in the district of Latur in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra State. The college was set up in 1990 with the ostensible purpose of providing higher educational opportunities to the youth in the region whose economy is predominantly agrarian in nature hit by frequent occurance of drought. It serves the educational needs of these people who are socially, educationally and economically backward. The college is affiliated to Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded.

The college is also admitted under 2(f) and 12(b) by the University Grants Committions and also admitted under full grant-in-aid by the State Government. It is more worthy to note that this college was established on the spirit and ideology of Shri Swami Ramanand Teerth. The college is acting as a catalyst for the upliftment of socially disadvantaged people and also striving for the empowerment of the women in this educationally backward region.

The Lokamanya Senior College, Chakur, Maharashtra, proposed to the National Assessment and Accreditation council, Bangalore to consider it for assessment and accreditation and submitted its self study report. Following this, the council constituted a peer team for this purpose. The peer team was composed of the following :

Prof. P. Ramaiah, Rector and Director, Academic, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad as the Chairman, Prof. Dr. R.V.Swamy, Formerly of the Dept. of Economics and Director (S.W.) Bangalore University, Bangalore, Dr. M.Sarngadharan, Prof. and Head, Dept. of Commerce, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram as members. The peer team visited the institution on 12th and 13th of January, 2004. Prof. K. Banadarangaiah, Academic Consultant, NAAC, ably coordinated the peer team visit to this institution of higher learning.

The college is 13 years old and has a combined student strength of 508 pursuing bachelor's degree programme in the fields of Arts and Commerce. Its charter lays down that the college should address itself for providing educational opportunities to young people in general and to women in particular as the latter are comparatively a deprived lot in so far as higher education is concerned.

The college has a campus of 2 acres land with all infrastructural facilities. Since the inception of the college the management takes keen interest in building of this institution. The student population of the college is at 508, comprising of 170 girls and 338 boys. Of the 76 of them who appeared at the B.A. degree examination, 51 passed out successfully while 15 of them secured a first class. The corresponding figures for the B.Com. were 11 appeared of which 3 had passed out with a first class. While it has 10 teaching departments, the faculty consisted of 10 permanent teachers, 14 temporary teachers and two part-time teachers, thus totalling to 26 teachers. Of these, 4 have a Ph.D. and 3 an M.Phil. degree. The principal's office consists of 12 technical and administrative staff.

The Peer Team meticulously analyzed the Self-study Report submitted by the institution. During the two-day visit to the college, the Team went through relevant documents as well as visited the departments and the facilities - academic, co-curricular, sports, infrastructure and extension service centers of the institution. The members of the Peer Team also interacted with the Management Council, Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching staff, Representatives of the students, Parents and Alumni of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has given its concerted and objective assessment of the institution in the following pages.

Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The students pursuing the B.A. Degree programme has the option of choosing any one of the 13 combinations of 3 optional subjects each. Besides, while English is compulsory in the I and II years, students can choose one of the two languages of Hindi and Marathi. In the B.Com. programme students could choose one from among 2 optional subjects in I and II years and from 3 in the III year.

Though the courses offered are general in nature, those who pass out with a B.Com. degree have a better chance of becoming gainfully employed.

The affiliating university lays down the syllabi and regulates other academic matters. The college, to fulfill the objectives of promoting of human values and cultivation of scientific temper among its students has evolved an effective mechanism by which teachers are exhorted to offer necessary guidance and to counsel them on their individual, personal and academic problems. Students who are low achievers are helped to improve their performance by teachers giving them remedial tuition outside the normal working hours of the college. Bright students are identified and encouraged to improve further. A best student award called 'Lokayat Shri' is given to a student who has excelled others in co-curricular and extra-curricular activity.

Every teacher is exhorted to do his best in the classroom and for this purpose, is required to draw up a teaching plan and is also required to maintain a dairy to record its implementation. Teachers are advised to monitor the progress of their students on a continuous basis.

The college has a tradition of apprising its students of academic and examination matters of relevance to them. The college issues a comprehensive prospectus containing detailed information on courses of study, library and on the facilities available to students for co-curricular and extra curricular activities. The principal addresses students at the beginning of the academic year when he details the facilities available to them and exhorts them to use them to the maximum extent. Periodically tests are held to monitor the progress of students.

Criteria II -Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Since the college offers a general educational programme in the form of B.A. course and a partly job oriented programme in B.Com. the scope of selecting applicants on the basis of aptitude tests is limited although the college through quiz programme tries to assess to some extent their abilities to derive benefit from collegiate education. Since most students are from rural areas and are first generation education class, their study skills are not well developed. Teachers, therefore, provide remedial tuition to improve their study skills. Promissing students are encouraged by giving them one or the other award. The progress of students is watched by teachers and correction is made in cases that require such action.

The ratio of students to teachers is quite favourable at 28 : 02. It is appreciated that in spite of their rural background and not so favourable conditions at home, the percentage of passes is at 100%.

Parents of irregular students are contacted and are persuaded to correct the behaviour of their wards. The department of English had introduced a special coaching camp aimed at improving the spoken English of students, particularly for those coming from rural areas. Essay writing skills are also taught to the students who are further encouraged to participate in essay writing competitions.

The college issues a prospectus at the beginning of every year, which contains information on languages and combination of optional subjects, scheme and method of evaluation. It also informs them of the various facilities available like book bank, library, freeships and scholarships. Extra curricular activities like N.S.S., availability of facilities for sports and athletics are published.

Students are assessed for their progress on a continuous basis. Parents are intimated of the State of academic progress of their wards. College publishes every year a college magazine. Monthly tests, First term examination, Pre-annual examination have conducted by the college to evaluate the students time to time progress. Audio-video and internet facility has been provided by the college for the student. Guest lecturers are also arranged.

Criterion - III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Teachers are encouraged to participate in activity that would improve their skills and upgrade their knowledge. While four of the ten permanent teachers have already acquired their Ph.D. degree, the rest of them are encouraged to register for Ph.D. though on a part-time basis. Most teachers were willing to do so and are awaiting the availability of guides to supervise their research work. Teachers have participated in 14 seminars and conferences at state level, 2 at national level and 1 international conference.

The teacher assessment here is effective. Every teacher is required to submit a self-appraisal report to the principal towards the end of academic year. The self-appraisal report contains subjects/ papers taught by him / her, result analysis, his research publications, extension activities and his contribution in general for the growth of the college. A coordination committee of teachers peruses and analyses the results at the examinations and this is used by the teachers to take steps to correct the trend if necessary. The college has organized three workshops on curriculum development of the subjects of Marathi, Political Science and History. Teachers also participated in refresher and orientation courses offered at academic staff colleges.

Among the extension activities in which students were actively involved were N.S.S., Medical Camps, Flood Donation Camps and Social Work. They were also involved in adult education programme and national literacy programme. In the extension activity teachers are actively involved with students.

The Lokmanya Senior College is doing commendable extension work through its N.S.S. volunteers and the involvement of faculty with Non-governmental Organizations. The students of third year B.A. are expected to submit a simple research project as a part of their curriculum. There are 120 N.S.S. Volunteers doing commendable social work. The college has a clear vision of the type of extension work that is to be undertaken every year. The college is involved in extension activities like programme to enhance a Health Awareness among people, Tree Planting, New Year Sankalp Day, Organizing Polio Camps, Blood Donation Camps, Rain Water Conservation Camp, Anti Addiction Camp, Yoga Arogya Camp, AIDS Awareness Programme, Rural Educational Problems and Children Health Camp and Gram Swachhata Camps. In addition to this, the N.S.S. unit is also organizing special camps every year by adopting one village. Faculty members have been deeply involved in social activities as members 'Population Education Forum', Economic Education Forum' The college is also observing the Hindi Day, Literacy Day, Population Day. In addition to this, the college is also established Bhugoal Mandal, Planning forum of Commerce, Itihas Abhyas Manda, Vivek Vahini, Rajyashastra Abhyas Mandal. One commendable thing is that a faculty member is engaged in educating the rural mass on superstitions in stimulating in them awareness on Gram Swachhata. Adult education programmes have been arranged. Since most of the students are from rural areas they know their social problems.

Many students are actively participating in outdoor games and have distinguished themselves particularly in athletics Kho-kho, badminton, wrestling. The girls badminton team is the only team in this university.

Along with the principal one faculty member have applied for research guide. One faculty member is the member of Academic council of the university and the member of State of board S.S.C. and H.S.C. of Maharashtra. One faculty member is the senate member of the affiliated university.

Criterion - IV : Infrastructure and learning resources
For the present strength of students at 508, the available infrastructure is adequate. The management have plans to put up a lady student hostel for which assistance of the UGC has been sought. It also plans to add classrooms. The maintenance of the buildings is reasonably good.

Beside classrooms and library, there is a computer center with four computers and a printer. There is a separate room for N.S.S., besides there is a parking area and a play ground. The college also has an auditorium used for conducting cultural events and inter collegiate competitions.

The library has about 11,230 books and journals the cost of Rs. 7,25,687/- in addition to books, the college also subscribes to 10 dailies in Marathi language, 1 in Hindi and 1 in English. The library has only audio and videocassettes. The library is kept open on all working days between 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. In the library there is a separate reading room for staff and students. There is a library advisory committee consisting of the principal and four other members. The library is well kept. The students are encouraged to participate in indoor and outdoor games. Students with outstanding sports record are given preference at the time of admission to the college. The university awards them the additional weightage of marks in their year-end examination. 11 students have participated at the inter-university level competitions and 9 at the inter-collegiate level.

There are play grounds for students to play Kho-kho, Volley ball, Kabadi and badminton. Students who actively participate in sports and who win places are rewarded with cash prizes, certificates and cups.

There is a boys' hostel with 5 rooms accommodating 25 students.

Criterion - V : Student Support and Progression
The college has adequate facilities to provide support services for the students. Student support services include scholarships, educational concessions from the government. The scholarships include Government of India scholarship, Merit scholarships from the Government of Maharashtra, Primary teachers scholarship. Last year 148 students have received the Government of India scholarship.

Looked at from the point of their rural background and existing socio-economic conditions not conducive the promotion of leaving this college has a relatively low drop-out rate of 29% in B.A. and 24% in B.Com. courses.

22 of the alumni have been teaching in colleges, 7 advocates, 3 contractors and 1 contractor. During the last 5 years, one student has passed NET examination while 5 have passed SET examination.

The college issues every year a comprehensive prospectus, containing information on admission procedure, contribution of optional subjects, courses offered, university rules, regulations regarding discipline scholarships available, list of member of management and teachers and information on facilities available in the college, financial aid for students come mostly from central and state governments in the form of merit scholarship. Scholarship for physically handicapped, scholarships for children of freedom fighters.

Criterion - VI : Organization and Management
The local management committee consists also of a representative each from teaching staff and non-teaching staff. The excellent relations between teachers and principal and his staff is worthy of appreciation. To an extent the Principals' office is computerized. There is a grievance cell that looks into the grievances of teachers as well as non-teaching staff.

There is employees credit society for which all teachers and sectarial staff can become members. Members are given advances up to a maximum of Rs. 2 lakhs, depending upon their repaying capacity.

Budgeting and auditing procedures are found to be standardized. The audited statements are audited by the authorized person.

Criterion - VII Healthy Practices
It is noted that all the teachers including the principal work in harmony. The principal involves all of them in the process of decision making. Together, the teachers share the responsibility in academic and extra academic activity of students.

The teachers of economics department have carried out a survey of economic conditions of farmers in the village around the college. The welfare scheme like medical reimbursement is available for the teaching and non-teaching staff.

In addition, teachers are involved in non-governmental organizations involved in social upliftment. That are of the teachers has himself promoted a non-governmental organizations for rendering community service and has been leading other associates by himself becoming the president of that organization is worthy of praise.

The extent of teachers' involvement in guiding students to help themselves to resolve their academic, social and personal problems and the faith and respect that the student have towards them is indeed praiseworthy.

The principal himself leads the rest of his staff in his commitment to social upliftment. He is actively engaged in the movement to eradicate superstitions among the village folk. He was awarded the best citizens award for his outstanding contributions in the field of social activity.

Section III
Overall Analysis
In the process of assessment of the academic activities, infrastructure facilities and involvement of the students, teachers and management for championing the cause of higher learning among rural population, the peer team is highly impressed by the overall performance of the college. The team feels happiness and pleasure to record the sincerity and dedication of the management and teachers in achieving the goals of the college to promote the aspiration for higher education among the socially, economically and educationally weaker sections in the villages of Chakur Taluka in Latur district. It requires special mention for the commitment of the faculty and management in performing their duties and monitoring them with the active participation of rural mass.

The academic freedom provided by the management consisting of educational experts and political leaders, to the faculty has brought about favourable results. The faculty has developed well built team sprit in its real service to the uplift of rural people. The efforts of the teachers in acquiring higher degrees like M.Phil. and Ph.D., participating in workshops, seminars, refreshers and orientation programmes and organizing workshops for the benefit of the student and public are also commendable. It is observed that the college takes specific interest to get the age old folk songs in Marathi well dominated with the help of students. The active support of the local people is quite evident from the mass participation in the cultural activities organized at the college.

The peer team thinks it fit to make after suggestions also in the report, based on the overall assessment and observations :

It is imperative to initiate steps for starting P.G. courses in the disciplines taught at the U.G. level.

In view of the fast changing I.T. world, it is essential to provide more facilities like computerization of the library and more amenities for promotion of sports and games.

It is suggested to improve opportunities for starting job oriented courses with the financial and from University Grants Commission.

The Peer team wishes that the college attains more glory and fame in the coming days with enhanced devotion to serve the educationally backward people of Chakur Taluka and to take them to the main stream of higher learning.

Prof. P. Ramaiah (Chairman)

Prof. R.V. Swamy (Member)

Prof. Dr. M. Sarngadharan (Member)

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